Resources for Volunteer Management

The Value of Volunteer Time per hour for 2019 is $25.43 (The Independent Sector)

Lunch and Learn is for anyone managing and working with volunteers. It is an informal session to discuss topics that matter to YOU! Each session will last approximately 45 minutes and will provide an opportunity for peers from different agencies to meet and share their skills and expertise. Feel free to bring your lunch. Stya tuned for the next one.

Volunteer Management Guides:

Review the 101 Basic Guide to help you to get started and run your program. 

Volunteer Screening Trends & Best Practices Report 2017 
Volunteer Solutions's Volunteer Handbook.

Enhancing the Volunteer Lifecycle booklet – courtesy of Verified Volunteers. You’ll learn how to: 

  • Better develop and define volunteer positions so both your organization and your volunteers benefit.
  • Get the right people in the right volunteer roles, and set volunteers up for success with proper training and support.
  • Keep volunteers engaged by clearly communicating volunteer impact and outcomes. 

Be sure to become a member of the Norhern Virginia Association of Volunteer Administrator (NVAVA).  NVAVA promotes professionalism of volunteer administration, offers educational opportunities for members and provides a forum for mutual exchange of ideas.  it also provides networking opportunities among members and increase awareness and cooperation among organizations utilizing volunteer.  Learn more and to register your organization.


  • DC Bar Pro Bono/CED Project: Lauren Paley, Project Coordinator: 202-737-4700 ext. 3357,  Website:  They offer free legal advice and workshops. 

  • Points of Light Institute: hosts National Volunteer Week and a national conference. Website:

  • Maryland Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism:   Go here for Maryland volunteer statistics, contacts for volunteer centers, and access to volunteer coordinator networks.

  • Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services:  This organization provides resources to Volunteer Coordinators throughout the state, and holds networking activities, trainings, and other useful services.


  • Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide for Museums, Parks, Zoos, Gardens and Libraries by Stephanie Weaver (2007).

  • Volunteer Management Audit, 2003, Susan Ellis, United Way of America, Community Partnerships and Volunteer Initiatives

  • Volunteer Management: Mobilizing all the Resources of the Community, 2nd edition, 2007, Steve McCurley and Rick Lynch, ISBN: 0-911029-45-1

Web Sites

  • Energize, Inc.,  Susan J. Ellis's site, "especially for leaders of volunteers."  Includes a volunteer management bookstore, library, referral network, job bank, monthly essays with responses welcomed, etc.

  • E-Volunteerism,  This “electronic journal of the volunteer community" is edited by Susan J. Ellis and Steve McCurley.  It includes articles, discussion groups, and other information on volunteer management.  

  • Service Leader’s Virtual Volunteering Project, The Virtual Volunteering Project provides resources for two kinds of volunteer services: Technical Assistance, which includes online research or providing a particular expertise to the agency; and Direct Contact, which connects the volunteer and client via email, chat room, or other media.

  • Volunteer Today ,  Managed by volunteerism consultant Nancy Macduff, this site is an electronic gazette for volunteerism.  Particularly helpful is the current news in the field and a calendar of events.